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It Is the Fad: 1905

It Is the Fad: 1905


Circa 1905. "Along the boulevard -- Revere Beach, Massachusetts." Note the sign at the tintype photo parlor. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

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Carriage window thingys

The semi-enclosed carriage (a Rockaway type?) in front of the Shooting Gallery has "wings" that stick out immediately behind the windows. I have always assumed them to be air deflectors, designed to provide a modicum of ventilation. Since I've only seen about five or six sets of them on the hundreds of carriages and pictures thereof I've seen, I assume they were either rare, ineffective, or both.

[Those are splash guards, a typical feature on broughams such as this. They deflect water, mud and other ucky stuff thrown up by the rear wheels toward the windows. -tterrace]

One building left

A turreted building in the distance, directly above the middle girl's head, survives.
Today it is the Massachusetts State Police office.

Old Time Pictures

Lots of tourist areas now have shops where they'll fix you up with period costumes and take pictures that look like they were taken 100 years ago. The same prop would work now, just that back then you only had to wear what was in your closet.

Looks nothing like that today.

That gentle slope to the beach now has a sea wall and all of those grand buildings have been replaced with sleazy dives or over priced apartment buildings.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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